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Juve’s Kean could leave club over tractor dispute

No tractors, no teenager.

Moise Kean, 17, broke into the Juventus senior team last season with a trio of Serie A appearances that concluded with a goal against Bologna on May 27.

He also made a token appearance in the UEFA Champions League against Sevilla, which all-in-all is a pretty solid debut for the century’s first birth to make an appearance in a Top Five league in Europe.

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About that contract, though.

Kean’s father, Biorou, says Juventus has broken a contractual promise to his family, and that could send the teenager into the transfer market. Biorou says that his son’s 18th birthday — Feb. 28, 2018 — could trigger Moise Kean leave town as “an adult.”

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Ilechukwu calls for MFM focus

MFM coach, Fidelis Ilechukwu charges his players to continue to push strong till the end of the Nigeria Professional Football League season.

The Olukoya Boys have enjoyed a fine season so far, but with 13 more matches to go till the end of the season the coach has insisted that unwavering focus is important at this stage.

“We are doing fine at this stage and I believe that my boys will continue to push harder till the last match of the season,” Illechukwu told Goal.

“We have always agreed at MFM on the importance of staying focused and finishing very well so I expect everyone at MFM to stay focus as we aim to finish as high as we can.

“We want to make our fans happy and most especially the General Overseer of Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries, Dr. Olukoya who has consistently impart positively on the lives of youths.

“Last season was more like a learning process for us, though we...


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Is Haji Wright the U.S. soccer phenom to follow Christian Pulisic?

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American soccer player Haji Wright hopes to make an impact for FC Schalke 04 of the German Bundesliga next season. USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES – This is a funny time of year for the European sports tabloids. Starved of their steady diet of soccer action to write and gossip about, many fill part of their pages with gleaming photos of the game’s superstars on their summer vacations, glitzy photos of yachts and jet skis taken everywhere from Dubai to the Greek Islands and even Los Angeles.

Haji Wright, a young American forward trying to make his name in those esteemed circles, was in L.A. this week too, but there was nothing glamorous about his Tuesday morning experience.

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Marco Verratti crushes teammates in PSG ultimatum

When asked if he wants to leave Paris Saint-Germain, Marco Verratti gave an answer sure to turn the heads of his teammates in the French capital.

Transfer rumors have swirled around the Italian midfielder all summer, and he finally addressed the situation in Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport. When asked if he wanted to leave, Verratti said he’d like to stay, but if he is to do so, the club must come through in the transfer window.

“It’s not that I want to go at all costs,” Verratti said. “It’s just I want to see if they really do build a great squad this time. In that case, I would be happy to stay.”

“Each year they say they are going to build a great squad, but we’ve seen the results. Promises are not enough. If, on the other hand, this time PSG with [sporting director Antero] Henrique stick to what they say, then I will be absolutely happy to stay. At the end of the day, nobody...


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Mexico slips past Russia, into Confed Cup semis

It took a little luck.

No, actually, it took a lot of luck. And then some more luck. But Mexico has stumbled into the semifinals of the Confederations Cup, where it will likely face Chile or Germany, at the expense of Russia.

For El Tri’s final group stage game, having won and drawn the first two, Juan Carlos Osorio restored his strongest lineup but switched to a 4-3-3 formation against the host nation, which needed a win to advance.

It produced a largely disjointed Mexican performance — messy in the first half, and somewhat improved in the second as Russia appeared to tire. But Mexico’s 2-1 victory on Saturday nevertheless leaned heavily on two moments of misjudgment by Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, not to mention a denied penalty and a missed sitter for a pedestrian opposition.

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This New Zealand Soccer Player Really Hated It When A Mexican Opponent Pulled His Shirt - Huffington Post Australia

Kiwi All Whites defender Michael Boxall was the subject of an obvious shirt-pulling foul when New Zealand took on Mexico in a group-stage match of the FIFA Confederations Cup in Sochi, Russia on Wednesday.

And what's the best way to retaliate to a guy who pulled your shirt? It seems Boxall thought it was to slide tackle any Mexican player he could. And that's where things got a little tense.

Despite Mexico's captain Diego Reyes being at fault for the foul, it was Hector Herrera who took Boxall's kick and was the first to act by giving him a push in return. It was only then that he was met by a wall of black jerseys as four New Zealand players rushed in to their teammate's aid.

And then the scuffle really kicked off as a flurry of slaps and headbutts were exchanged between both sides.

Oh, and don't forget New Zealand's defender Tommy Smith (he's number 20) who seemed to run from...


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'No one hates us': Major League Soccer's loneliest teams during rivalry week - FourFourTwo USA (blog)

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Rivalries. They’re one of Major League Soccer’s dearest concepts, the holy grail of the league’s marketing efforts, a “finish your beverage” signal in most any MLS-based drinking game.

The heightened passions of geographic proximity and/or historical and cultural links have long been key tools for MLS, where shallow roots, a long season and a forgiving postseason format have at times conspired to drain league games of significance and intensity.

Some of these matchups, like the Cascadia Cup clash between Seattle and Portland, the Golden State’s “California Clasico” and the fierce Toronto-Montreal divide that runs far deeper than soccer, or even sports, have been godsends. Others, less so. “Trillium Cup,” we’re looking in your direction, pal.

Despite the best efforts of MLS headquarters to conjure up one for everyone, a few teams live in a no-man’s-land...


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Why U.S. soccer's future is pro-rel, smaller markets and... muffins ... - FourFourTwo USA (blog)

Discussions about the future of soccer in the United States usually start with Major League Soccer. That’s understandable: the top professional league is as linked to the development of the sport as any other entity in the country. But even when MLS expands to 28 markets, it will not come close to blanketing a huge country with an increasing appetite for soccer.

The future of professional soccer in America is not solely in the packed stadiums in Orlando, Portland or Seattle, but also in small venues in places like Kingston, New York, Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Dayton, Ohio.

At least, that's the way some people envision the next frontier in the rapid growth of American soccer.

As we sit here today and try to guess what the landscape is going to look like in five to 10 years, my guess is whatever we wrote down in our predictions is probably going to be off.

- Peter Wilt

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Socceroos will die on their feet rather than live on their knees under Ange Postecoglou - The Sydney Morning Herald

Ange Postecoglou is not someone who demands any sympathy. All he seeks is the opportunity to do things his way. And he won't be swayed from his vision.

Ever since Brisbane Roar offered him a lifeline from the coaching wilderness back in late 2009 his career has largely been a roaring success.

Ange Postecoglou has always done things his way. Ange Postecoglou has always done things his way. Photo: Getty Images

Back-to-back titles with the Queenslanders – still the only team to win the A-League in consecutive seasons – led to a lucrative offer from the nation's biggest club, Melbourne Victory, which he duly took.

Headhunted by the FFA to take over the national team and offered a seven figure salary after German Holger Osieck was dumped from the Socceroos job after heavy defeats by Brazil and France, Postecoglou was able to engineer an exit from his Victory deal without any of the opprobrium that might have accompanied others had they...


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Iron Maiden Play Soccer Match on Day Off Before Dallas Concert - Loudwire

Did you know Steve Harris had a promising career as a professional soccer player during his youth? Fortunately, he kept his bass strapped to his side and pursued Iron Maiden instead and it’s safe to say there’s probably not much regret there. Maiden’s (and especially Harris’) love of soccer is well-known and on a day off before performing in Dallas, Texas, they took to the field for a pickup soccer match.

“This was a low key event; not too many people knew about this, but there were some fans that they did hear about it; they came out to up the irons and get a close look at one of their idols,” said news reporter Ken Molestina, reporting on the action for CBS DFW (video above). Harris and the rest of Maiden’s team donned red and black jerseys with vertical alternating stripes and Eddie’s The Book of Souls visage adorning the front. They had played four matches in Europe already this...


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#ATLvCOL: 3 Questions with Dirty South Soccer - Burgundy Wave

While it’s well and good to watch teams play every once in awhile, have a couple players on your fantasy team, and hear what the pundits think about a team, it’s always nice to talk to someone who is an expert. Enter Haris Kruskic from Dirty South Soccer.

Burgundy Wave: Atlanta has a few guys that the Rapids should be worried about, and has only been held scoreless in two games so far this year. How can the Rapids stop or slow down the ATLUD?

Dirty South Soccer: Sit back and defend, it's really that simple. Vancouver Whitecaps and D.C. United have slowed us down quite well this season because they anchor down, allow us to keep possession, and then counter once we make a critical mistake. That's why the possession stat can be so misleading.

Atlanta will pass back and forth all match, but have a tough time breaking down an opposing defense when every player is behind the ball. And if...


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Soccer - Russia hopes to use video assistant referee in league play - Mutko - SBS

KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) - The president of Russia's Football Union, deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko, said on Saturday that the country was in talks with FIFA on using the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology at some of its stadiums.

VAR, which uses two video assistant referees who monitor the action on screens and call the match referee's attention to mistakes or omissions, is being tested at four Russian stadiums hosting the Confederations Cup.

Soccer governing body FIFA has already said it would like to use video assistant referees in the 2018 World Cup, and soccer's lawmaking body IFAB is expected to decide next March whether to authorise their use in the game on a permanent basis.

"I have asked FIFA to leave the system at the four stadiums and FC Krasnodar has asked for it as well," Mutko told reporters in Kazan ahead of Russia's final Confederations Cup group stage match...


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Premier League Transfer News June 22, 2017: Liverpool Set To Announce Signing, Chelsea Closes on £35 Million Target

As the weather hots up, so too it seems do the transfer market’s rumors.

Premier League champion Chelsea is heavily involved in today’s roundup, with plenty of possible outgoings plus the club looks close to making its first signing of the summer.

The noises from the Emirates Stadium have gone quiet today, while Liverpool also looks set to confirm its first signing of the window. Here, Newsweek guides you through all the news, rumors and whispers of the day:

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Liverpool will complete the signing of £39 million forward Mohamed Salah from Roma on Thursday as the former Chelsea player joins Jurgen Klopp at Anfield, according to The Times.

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina is a target for newly promoted Newcastle United, and Rafael Benitez is being kept informed about his ongoing...


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Picture of asylum seeker wins Barcelona FC photography award

Arshia is an Iranian asylum seeker who lives in Liverpool and the picture of the schoolboy in the blue and black kit of his club Kingsley United has won a photography award held by Spanish football giants Barcelona.

Barca says the inaugural FC Barcelona Photo Awards aim to identify work that reflects sport's "positive intrinsic values" while also helping to promote a "global photographic platform."

Judges said they admired "the sensitivity of the photo and its relevance to the issues of migration in today's society."

Nearly 50 million children worldwide have been uprooted from their homes due to violence, poverty and other factors out of their control, according to a report released by the U.N. children's agency in September 2016.
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Arshia is an asylum seeker from Iran now living in Liverpool while he waits for his refugee status to be assessed.

Arshia is an asylum seeker from Iran now living in Liverpool while he waits for his refugee status to be assessed.

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Jeff Gorton on the loss of Oscar Lindberg in the expansion draft

Mar 8, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman) Mar 8, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)

The Rangers have sent along comments from Dan Girardi after the team announced his contract will be bought out:

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the New York Rangers organization for giving me the opportunity to fulfill my childhood dream of playing in the National Hockey League. I would also like to thank James Dolan, Glen Sather, Jim Schoenfeld, Jeff Gorton, John Rosasco, Jason Vogel, all of the coaches and front office staff, Jim Ramsay and his amazing training staff, the equipment staff, and all the Madison Square Garden employees for making my past 11 years so special.

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Confederations Cup: Scenarios before final group matches

Seven of eight nations remain alive for the knockout rounds after two-thirds of the group stage at the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.

Only New Zealand has been eliminated, though the underdogs aren’t the sort of nations who will quit ahead of its group finale against Portugal.

That’s one of two Saturday matches, along with Russia versus Mexico, with two more on the docket for Sunday when Germany meets Cameroon and Chile duels with Australia.

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We’ve seen zany finishes at the Confederations Cup before, as the U.S. beat Egypt 3-0 and Brazil topped Italy 3-0 on the final day of group play in 2009 to send the Americans past Italy and into the knockout rounds despite a tournament-opening 3-1 loss to the Italians.

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Celtic’s Griffiths tears into Rangers chairman after “gulf” comments

Celtic star Leigh Griffiths took the Old Firm bait and promptly swallowed the fisherman.

If you missed it, Rangers chairman Dave King said Celtic should’ve been even further ahead of their rivals given the setbacks handed to Rangers, who finally climbed back to the Scottish Premiership this season.

Celtic went unbeaten, drawing just four of 38 matches and finished 39 points ahead of Rangers on the table.

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If Celtic won all 38, they could’ve finished 47 points clear of Rangers. So, we guess the gulf could be bigger.

Here’s what Griffiths had to say:

“What was the gulf? 30-odd points. How does he expect that to be bigger? They were touting at the start of last season that they were going to win the league and this and that.

“Joey Barton was coming up and saying he was going to be the best player in Scotland – he lasted a few months. In the...


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Why U.S. soccer's future is pro-rel, smaller markets and... muffins ... - FourFourTwo USA (blog)

Discussions about the future of soccer in the United States usually start with Major League Soccer. That’s understandable: the top professional league is as linked to the development of the sport as any other entity in the country. But even when MLS expands to 28 markets, it will not come close to blanketing a huge country with an increasing appetite for soccer.

The future of professional soccer in America is not solely in the packed stadiums in Orlando, Portland or Seattle, but also in small venues in places like Kingston, New York, Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Dayton, Ohio.

At least, that's the way some people envision the next frontier in the rapid growth of American soccer.

As we sit here today and try to guess what the landscape is going to look like in five to 10 years, my guess is whatever we wrote down in our predictions is probably going to be off.

- Peter Wilt

In a...


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How a Wisconsin girls soccer team is revolutionizing sports culture for all short-haired players - Excelle Sports

‘Dad, I want to cut my hair like Ellen Degeneres.’

When Mira Wilde was 8 years old, she asked her father, Henry Wilde, if she could cut her hair to look like the comedian. Wilde told his daughter that, if after giving it a week of consideration, she still wanted to chop her hair, she could.

One week later, Mira still wanted to cut her hair. But what neither she nor her father knew at the time was how this simple change in appearance would transform Mira’s life.

Today, Mira, 10, still has short hair, but this time it’s cut to look her new idol, two-time Olympic gold medalist and 2015 World Cup soccer champion, Abby Wambach. That’s because Mira now also plays for the Under-11 soccer team, the Madison 56ers, in her hometown of Madison, Wis., where she confidently dribbles down the field with her head shaved on all sides and the top part long and flipped over, just like Wambach.

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Soccer: Girls pursue Olympic-level competition - The Tracy Press

A chance to play international-level soccer is within reach for a group of Tracy girls.

Savannah Cordero, Emma Colmenero and Katie Strong all qualified for the Cal North Soccer state Olympic Development Program team during a tryout June 3-4 in Sacramento.

It’s the latest step in a yearlong process that started when their coaches nominated them for the program, leading to a series of tryouts that began in August and concluded earlier this month.

Emma and Katie, both 12, will travel to Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, for the U.S. Youth Soccer Region IV ODP camp Wednesday through July 2. The Northern California team will be among 14 state-level teams from the western U.S., which covers the area from Colorado to Northern and Southern California, plus Alaska and Hawaii.

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